Sharad Yadav's disqualification from Rajya Sabha illegal, must be revoked: Arvind Kejriwal

Yadav was removed from the Rajya Sabha according to a communication sent by Venkaiah Naidu chairman of the House

Yadav was removed from the Rajya Sabha according to a communication sent by Venkaiah Naidu chairman of the House

Rebel Janata Dal (United) leaders Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar were disqualified from the Rajya Sabha on Monday.

The House chairman had agreed to the JD (U)'s contention that the senior leader had given up his membership by defying the party's directives and attending events held by Opposition parties.

"Yesterday, I passed an order on disqualification within three months and then I gave the strong opinion at the end saying such decisions should be decided in around three months because the disqualifications (plea) itself that have been filed, some of them are pending for years", Naidu said.

While CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said Vice President and Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu's decision was taken in haste, CPI general secretary S Sudhakar Reddy contested the view that Yadav had defected.

JD (U) chief spokesperson K C Tyagi had given the example of Tamil Nadu assembly speaker disqualifying 18 AIADMK MLAs from the House, while seeking similar action against Yadav and Anwar.

Spokesman of JD (U) Neeraj Kumar welcomed the Rajya Sabha secretariat's decision, calling it a victory of the Indian Constitution.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today condemned the disqualification of JD (U) rebel leader Sharad Yadav from the Rajya Sabha as "illegal" and a "political vendetta".

Yadav claimed that the JDU has always been functioning in an undemocratic fashion and his exclusion from the Rajya Sabha is because he questioned the party's wrong working pattern. Yadav and Anwar had sided with the opposition in Bihar after Kumar quit the Grand Alliance, also comprising the Congress and the RJD, and re-joined the BJP-led NDA to form government in the state. Briefing upon the news, Ali Anwar said that he, along with Yadav, will appeal at all those places where there is possibility for them to get "justice".

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